The Quang Ninh Province Museum announced that it has unearthed a collection of antique currency from ancient Vietnam, China and Japan.
Tran Trong Ha, the museum's director, told reporters that the collection of 160 antique coins was unearthed on February 14.
Ha claimed that the locals who discovered the pot smashed it open and absconded with about 20 kilograms of coins.
The pot of money was discovered in Mong Cai Town on Vinh Thuc Island, which once served as an ancient port. Ha said the pot of coins proves that commercial exchanges between Vietnam and other countries were established a long time ago.
The museum has not yet determined precisely when the coins were minted.